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Cachuma Lake today

Mark Holmgren
 

I scoped Cachuma from 4 points taking note of recent waterfowl arrivals. Cachuma Bay has the best habitat for tucked away ducks and shorebirds, but I did not go there today.

The Greater White-fronted Geese and the lone white goose present in late October have not been detected in more than a week.
112 Canada Geese were present today. Gadwall, Am. Wigeon, Pintail, Canvasback, Bufflehead, and Ruddy Ducks were present but none were represented by more than 8 individuals. 342 Western and Clark’s Grebes is a low count. The only shorebirds other than Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers were Wilson’s Snipe (4) and Least Sandpiper (9). Rock Wrens are still easily seen.
Another birder reported a Yellow-billed Magpie from Cachuma on eBird without any comments or details. Hoping to get that clarified.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

Cachuma Christmas Bird Count Date and Request for Participants

Peter Schneekloth
 

All - A reminder that the Cachuma Christmas Bird Count is set for Thursday, December 27th. We will be using the same format we have for the last few years with the compilation dinner to take place at Sedgewick Reserve and the not to be missed vegetarian chili by Cruz on the menu! 

With the ever changing conditions in the count circle due to fire/fire recovery, the die off of pines at certain key locations and perhaps most importantly the amount of precipitation we receive it is always a challenge to get enough birders and then get them assigned to the most strategic locations. With that we are looking for an early show of hands for those that plan to participate this year so we can start putting the puzzle pieces together. We will be reaching out directly to past participants as needed but if you are able to reply to me only regarding your plans it will be much appreciated.

This is a great chance to get access to some wonderful birding areas that are not accessible at all times. There are already some interesting birds appearing at the lake and it's always exciting to see what shows up in the mountains, lake, ponds, and ranches as we get deeper into fall and early winter. 

Your Cachuma CBC Team Cruz, Kate, Peter

Harris's Sparrow LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

Good views of the Harris;s Sparrow at Lake Los Carneros Wednesday (11/7) morning foraging with White-crowned Sparrows. Asserted itself frequently. 


Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Bunting at Gaviota State Beach

Mark Holmgren
 

Not Varied— Painted!
Coming to N side of creek to drink.
Bird is at 34.47317  -120.22856
I obtained a few crummy but usable digitscoped photos. The bird is about 70 m to my west, upcreek.
Belly pale yellow green, crown and back brighter green, no wing bars.

Mark Holmgren 
Sta Barbara

Re: Harris's Sparrow LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

I meant to add that the Harris's Sparrow was seen at the southeast corner of the LLC dam, on the dirt path by the bench. It will disperse with White-crowned Sparrows when visitors walk by, but it's easily visible if you wait for it to return.

Thanks to all who posted and helped with locating this sparrow.  

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta 

North Campus Open Space this morning

Barbara Millett
 

All,

I walked the northern edge of NCOS this morning. Towards the western part, from the shorter bridge there was a Swamp Sparrow foraging in the open. Near this spot along the northern boundary of NCOS was a Palm Warbler, a Tropical Kingbird and an American Pipit. After a Merlin cruised by and perched in a tree at the boundary, things became very quiet.

Barb Millett
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Gray Catbird (1 report)
- Harris's Sparrow (2 reports)
- Bobolink (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (3 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)

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Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 15:30 by George Chapman
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49747642
- Comments: "Continuing rarity. With Great blue heron at base of bluffs across from South-East parking lot . Completely purple-blue egret with dark tipped bill. Significantly smaller than great blue heron."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2018 08:50 by Barbara Millett
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49759565
- Comments: "Bright yellow belly & breast, long bill. Heard twittering call"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 08:30 by Libby Patten
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49745529
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Yellow undersides, including throat. Thick dark bill. Will add photo."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 12:22 by Ryan Terrill
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49742191
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in the riparian adjacent to the campground. Photos."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 16:20 by Becky Turley
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49755867
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing east end of dam, along fence near bench. Found on 11-4-18 by Mark Holgren and Marissa DeVille. Large sparrow, buffy head with dark postocular patch. White throat, black necklace."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 08:15 by Pete Wolf
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49742747
- Comments: "Continuing... buffy head, droopy wings, black "bib", slightly larger than white-crowned sparrows it was foraging with. Today, unlike yesterday, it was acting very aggressive toward the WCSP (and one Song Sparrow)... actually stealing the spots they were foraging... did not see that behavior at all yesterday. 34.440328, -119.847952 to 34.440367, -119.847582"

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 08:50 by Becky Turley
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49759590
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Perched on north side of creek across from campground, flew off northwest out of sight over the hill. Yellow underparts, pink bill, streaky back and sides, crown stripes and dark eyeline. Larger than nearby House Finch."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2018 06:50 by Noah Gaines
- Noah's Neighborhood Walk, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.433474,-119.7069561&ll=34.433474,-119.7069561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49755403
- Comments: "Foraging along green fence line with a group of YRWA briefly at a distance before being flushed by a car. At the corner of Ortega and Quarantina. Pumping tail. Yellow undertail and uppertail. Brownish body and a light eye line. "

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 15:45 by Becky Turley
- Ortega Park, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4258629,-119.6902508&ll=34.4258629,-119.6902508
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49756748
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing along E Ortega St. north corner of Park. Found by Cuyler Stapelmann. Brown upperparts, Pale streaked underparts, supercilium, Yellow undertail."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2018 08:50 by Barbara Millett
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49759565
- Comments: "Large, brownish warbler with pale supercilium and bright yellow under tail coverts. Pumping tail frequently."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 08:30 by Libby Patten
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49745529
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Both seen to the west of the Phelps Creek bridge. On the ground and perched at times on the fence south of the path, near where the housing starts. Hint of rust on the head, light supercilium, brown upper parts and yellow undertail coverts. One had a bit more yellow on belly than the other. Bobbed tail. Will attach a photo if clear enough."

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Bella Vista Open Space - Black-throated Gray Warbler

Peter Schneekloth
 

I spent a few minutes during the lunch hour at Bella Vista Open Space. The best bird was a Black-throated Gray Warbler near the wooden bridge in the NE corner of space. Everything else was common expected birds such as Lincoln, Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin and Hermit Thrush. 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Gaviota

Thomas Turner
 

What is going on at Gaviota?! I would love to hear from some of the locals that have been birders a while about this. In the last few days there was been a Varied Bunting, Painted Bunting, Sage Thrasher, Catbird, Bobolink, and more. Obviously this is partly due to all the skilled birders going there look for the bunting Wes found — but there are plenty of places with lots of effort that don’t have so many rare birds.

Looking at eBird, it doesn’t seem like Gaviota gets tons of Fall effort (compared to, say, Refugio SB), but there are certainly people going there this year and in recent years. My understanding is that it used to be a great vagrant spot due to its tamarisks, and those are no longer there. Obviously it has some geographic advantages, but I thought it had been pretty quiet in the last decade. Any thoughts as to why there is so much there at the moment?

Perhaps it is a place that actually does get a lot of vagrants, but they are hard to see and/or move through quickly? It seems like each new visit missing the previous rarities but finds new ones!

Also, any general advice about birding there (parking, where to look) is welcome. I have only been there a couple times.

Thanks for your thoughts,

Tom Turner

Goleta

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Gaviota

Nick Lethaby
 

Tom,

I think a lot of this is down to coverage because of the Varied Bunting and Catbird finds and to the current weather conditions. Often it is extremely windy there and that makes birding very difficult (as well as likely making any migrants get out of there ASAP!). Recently we've light winds there along with a light NE flow during the night. I suspect we are getting (many) more migrants into the Pt Conception compared to when we have a more typical NW flow. Interestingly the Sage Thrasher was clearly moving E along the coast and Curtis suspected the CCSP was doing the same thing. It makes me wonder if some birds arriving in the Pt Conception area start moving E along the coast after a dawn arrival and pass through Gaviota, with perhaps a quick drinking stop. I recall finding a Vermillion Fly at the same are in the campground some years ago that, like many of the current birds, disappeared and was never seen again. Although birds could get lost in the riparian area there, I haven't seen much evidence that migrants use the riparian too much when I have got out into it with boots etc. It is probably a bit too dry to be good.

Anyway, it certainly looks like we need to pay more attention to Gaviota in these type of conditions, which are often common in fall, although not most of this one. The other factor that might be helping is that the campground is shut and disturbance is down. However, I am not sure that is such a big deal as many of the birds are just passing through.

The reality is that coverage is so poor along the CA coast and vegetation sufficiently heavy for birds to hide that if have a bunch of birders hit up a particularly spot over a period of a few days, there are bound to be extra things found.

Nick

-----Original Message-----
From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Thomas Turner
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2018 2:59 PM
To: sbcobirding
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Gaviota

What is going on at Gaviota?! I would love to hear from some of the locals that have been birders a while about this. In the last few days there was been a Varied Bunting, Painted Bunting, Sage Thrasher, Catbird, Bobolink, and more. Obviously this is partly due to all the skilled birders going there look for the bunting Wes found — but there are plenty of places with lots of effort that don’t have so many rare birds.

Looking at eBird, it doesn’t seem like Gaviota gets tons of Fall effort (compared to, say, Refugio SB), but there are certainly people going there this year and in recent years. My understanding is that it used to be a great vagrant spot due to its tamarisks, and those are no longer there. Obviously it has some geographic advantages, but I thought it had been pretty quiet in the last decade. Any thoughts as to why there is so much there at the moment?

Perhaps it is a place that actually does get a lot of vagrants, but they are hard to see and/or move through quickly? It seems like each new visit missing the previous rarities but finds new ones!

Also, any general advice about birding there (parking, where to look) is welcome. I have only been there a couple times.

Thanks for your thoughts,

Tom Turner

Goleta

Re: Gaviota

Wim van Dam
 

Re parking: you can park for free if you have the proper state pass ("Golden Poppy" Pass for example).

Otherwise you can park for free just west of the park along Hollister Ranch Rd (turn right + uphill before you enter the campsite).   

Wim

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM Thomas Turner <habarimbu@...> wrote:
What is going on at Gaviota?! I would love to hear from some of the locals that have been birders a while about this. In the last few days there was been a Varied Bunting, Painted Bunting, Sage Thrasher, Catbird, Bobolink, and more. Obviously this is partly due to all the skilled birders going there look for the bunting Wes found — but there are plenty of places with lots of effort that don’t have so many rare birds.

Looking at eBird, it doesn’t seem like Gaviota gets tons of Fall effort (compared to, say, Refugio SB), but there are certainly people going there this year and in recent years. My understanding is that it used to be a great vagrant spot due to its tamarisks, and those are no longer there. Obviously it has some geographic advantages, but I thought it had been pretty quiet in the last decade. Any thoughts as to why there is so much there at the moment?

Perhaps it is a place that actually does get a lot of vagrants, but they are hard to see and/or move through quickly? It seems like each new visit missing the previous rarities but finds new ones!

Also, any general advice about birding there (parking, where to look) is welcome. I have only been there a couple times.

Thanks for your thoughts,

Tom Turner

Goleta



--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+5: Blue-footed Booby

Re: Bunting at Gaviota State Beach

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

A total of four birders were looking for the painted bunting between 12 and 2:20, when I left not having seen any buntings. The gray catbird continues, and it literally almost flew into me while I was in a "blind" formed by a nicotiana sapling. Otherwise, a Northern harrier was flying east over the canyon closer to the tunnel and passerine activity seemed low (except for the house finches) compared to the weekend. 

Cuyler
SB

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 10:08 AM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Not Varied— Painted!
Coming to N side of creek to drink.
Bird is at 34.47317  -120.22856
I obtained a few crummy but usable digitscoped photos. The bird is about 70 m to my west, upcreek.
Belly pale yellow green, crown and back brighter green, no wing bars.

Mark Holmgren 
Sta Barbara

Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Gaviota

Nick Lethaby
 

In terms of where to look, just walk through the campground to the creek and see what comes out to drink or just moves through, plus just wander around the campground. The road out to the wind caves trail is sometimes good if there is blooming fennel , especially early in fall, but hasn’t been good for a few years now because they have cut the fennel by the road at a different time of year.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2018 3:22 PM
To: Tom Turner; sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Gaviota

 

Re parking: you can park for free if you have the proper state pass ("Golden Poppy" Pass for example).

 

Otherwise you can park for free just west of the park along Hollister Ranch Rd (turn right + uphill before you enter the campsite).   

 

Wim

 

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM Thomas Turner <habarimbu@...> wrote:

What is going on at Gaviota?! I would love to hear from some of the locals that have been birders a while about this. In the last few days there was been a Varied Bunting, Painted Bunting, Sage Thrasher, Catbird, Bobolink, and more. Obviously this is partly due to all the skilled birders going there look for the bunting Wes found — but there are plenty of places with lots of effort that don’t have so many rare birds.

Looking at eBird, it doesn’t seem like Gaviota gets tons of Fall effort (compared to, say, Refugio SB), but there are certainly people going there this year and in recent years. My understanding is that it used to be a great vagrant spot due to its tamarisks, and those are no longer there. Obviously it has some geographic advantages, but I thought it had been pretty quiet in the last decade. Any thoughts as to why there is so much there at the moment?

Perhaps it is a place that actually does get a lot of vagrants, but they are hard to see and/or move through quickly? It seems like each new visit missing the previous rarities but finds new ones!

Also, any general advice about birding there (parking, where to look) is welcome. I have only been there a couple times.

Thanks for your thoughts,

Tom Turner

Goleta


--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+5: Blue-footed Booby

Re: Bunting at Gaviota State Beach

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

I should add that scope is recommended to view the location where Mark saw the bunting (see coordinates in his original email). If standing on the bank of the creek, look all the way upstream (to the left) where the creek bends. At the bend on the opposite bank of the creek, there is a shallow area between some scirpus and cattails that birds frequently come down to water; this is the spot where the bunting was seen (not by me). 


On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:26 PM Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann@...> wrote:
A total of four birders were looking for the painted bunting between 12 and 2:20, when I left not having seen any buntings. The gray catbird continues, and it literally almost flew into me while I was in a "blind" formed by a nicotiana sapling. Otherwise, a Northern harrier was flying east over the canyon closer to the tunnel and passerine activity seemed low (except for the house finches) compared to the weekend. 

Cuyler
SB

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 10:08 AM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Not Varied— Painted!
Coming to N side of creek to drink.
Bird is at 34.47317  -120.22856
I obtained a few crummy but usable digitscoped photos. The bird is about 70 m to my west, upcreek.
Belly pale yellow green, crown and back brighter green, no wing bars.

Mark Holmgren 
Sta Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Ground-Dove (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Gray Catbird (2 reports)
- Painted Bunting (1 report)

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Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 12:10 by Becky Turley
- San Miguelito Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5793277,-120.5091405&ll=34.5793277,-120.5091405
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49766977
- Comments: "Small dove foraging on ground, orangey wings obvious when flew off."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 08:30 by Libby Patten
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49745529
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On shore of pond by first bridge near main entrance."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2018 13:20 by margeNdon thornton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49785013
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "on the opposite side of the creek under the flowering bush. Gray overall lighter underneath with a blck cap"

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2018 12:00 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49774058
- Comments: "I was standing along the creek bank looking for the painted bunting and talking to Mary about whether the catbird could still be around, when the catbird flew in and started to forage skulkily in a shady area below coyote brush. Gray overall with black cap and rufous undertail coverts. Later, the catbird almost hit me while it was flying and I stood relatively obscured by a nicotiana sapling. "

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2018 09:34 by Mark Holmgren
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49762681
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Bird is at 34.47316 -120.22853. Belly and breast pale yellow green. Entire crown and the back brighter green, no wing bars. Tail with turquoise cast to the green. White, complete eyering. Slightly bi-colored bill--mandible paler than maxilla. I could not assess bill shape. First seen at about 9:55; seen again in same area at 11:40am. Difficult to detect due to color blending with Scirpis and other shrubs.<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/91666839@N00/45065817494/in/dateposted/" title="PaBu 8 Nov 2018"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4855/45065817494_6203cdd730.jpg" alt="PaBu 8 Nov 2018" /></a>"

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Sunset Valley Road - Mountain Chickadee

Peter Schneekloth
 

I spent the morning along Sunset Valley Road with stops at Davey Brown Campground and Munch Canyon Trail. The campground had two Mountain Chickadee which seemed a bit unusual at this lower elevation. Along Munch Canyon Trail there were many Fox Sparrows as is usual this time of year. I was also able to detect Mountain Quail, a few Purple Finch and other more expected species. The Band-tailed Pigeons seemed to be everywhere. There is a nice patch of Toyon just starting to ripen up not to far out Munch Canyon so it will be interesting to go back out in a few weeks. Checklists here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49810699

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49811231 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49810846

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Interesting warbler

Hugh Ranson
 

Late this afternoon I went to pick up food at El Sitio restaurant on upper De la
Vina (opposite Grocery Outlet, used to be Ralphs), and as is my habit, I pished
into the tipu tree that's right outside. As has been the case for the past
month or so, the tree was full of birds--Townsend's, a Black-throated Gray,
etc. But then another warbler came into view that immediately piqued my
interest. It was very drab (it may or may not have had some pale yellow on the
chest--the light was failing), and a fairly broad pale supercilium. It had two
strong wing bars. That's about all I got on it. Soon after, the last of the
afternoon light left the tree, and birds departed.

My gut reaction was that the bird was a Blackburnian Warbler. I'll be back in
the morning to see if it's still there.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara

No Interesting warbler at El Sitio

Mark Holmgren
 

Between 815 and 830 am Jim Hodgson and I looked for Hugh’s interesting warbler. Could not find it. But its very birdy in the Tupu tree in front of El Sitio restaurant.

Mark Holmgren
SB

On Nov 9, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:

Late this afternoon I went to pick up food at El Sitio restaurant on upper De la
Vina (opposite Grocery Outlet, used to be Ralphs), and as is my habit, I pished
into the tipu tree that's right outside. As has been the case for the past
month or so, the tree was full of birds--Townsend's, a Black-throated Gray,
etc. But then another warbler came into view that immediately piqued my
interest. It was very drab (it may or may not have had some pale yellow on the
chest--the light was failing), and a fairly broad pale supercilium. It had two
strong wing bars. That's about all I got on it. Soon after, the last of the
afternoon light left the tree, and birds departed.

My gut reaction was that the bird was a Blackburnian Warbler. I'll be back in
the morning to see if it's still there.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



MAW warblers

William Murdoch
 

Around 11 this morning, a Nashville and a Wilson's in the tipu trees.  On the Butterfly Lane side a bright male Hermit was in the tall trees on the south border, between the academy and the adjacent house towards the ocean.

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Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara

American Golden-Plover at Jack O’Connell Park

Mark Holmgren
 

With 2 Pacific-GP, Jasen Liu called to report an American Golden-Plover at Jack O'Connell Park on the lawn. The flock of 4 Plover species has retreated to the ag fields.
Photos taken.

Mark Holmgren
for Jasen Liu